This weekend started out as another boring weekend for Tiger fans to endure with no Clemson Football. However, it ended with a huge bang by Dabo Swinney and the Tigers well oiled recruiting machine.
Hosting an Elite Junior Day over the weekend, the Tigers made a major splash in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Once the weekend was over, they’d secured four commitments, and big ones at that.
The first came from four star wide receiver Beaux Collins out of Bellflower, California, who committed first on Saturday. At that point most would’ve thought that the weekend was a success but Dabo and his staff weren’t finished by a long shot.
They proved it by getting commitments on Sunday from three more players. They were four star defensive end Cade Denhoff out of Lakeland, Florida, four star tight end Jake Briningstool out of Brentwood, Tennessee, and the number one overall recruit in the 2021 class, five star defensive end Korey Foreman out of Corona, California.
Collins’ is currently ranked as the third best receiver in the country in the 2021 class and the No. 5 prospect in the state of California. Collins, a former teammate of DJ Uiagalelei, had 41 catches for 1,008 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, averaging over 24 yards per catch.
He had this to say to 247 Sports,
“The locker room after the game was the best part. It just shows me that just as much as you can be serious and dialed in, you can also have fun and still be among the best.”
He also was impressed with the gathering at the paw.
“The way they stormed the field after the game with the players was very eye opening.”
Denhoff had 92 tackles with 11 sacks last season. He is currently ranked as the No. 7 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 13 prospect in Florida. He stated that the thing he liked the most about Clemson was the family atmosphere and the culture.
Briningstool is currently rated as the No. 2 tight end in the country and the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee. Last season he had 49 catches for 863 yards and nine touchdowns. Briningstool said his relationship with tight ends coach Danny Pearman was a big reason for his commitment, telling 247 Sports,
“I like Coach Pearman a lot, He’s a real family guy and I really like that about him. He’s more of a father figure to the tight ends who are there now and I really, really like that about him.”
Korey Foreman is currently the number one player overall for next years recruiting class. He becomes Clemson’s second commitment from California in 2021, joining wide receiver Beaux Collins, and fourth from California in the past three cycles. Four-star wide receiver Joe Ngata (2019) and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (2020) are also from California.
Last season Foreman had 32 tackles and 9 sacks. He announced it in an Instagram post.
What a great way to spend a “No Football Weekend” in January. Dabo Swinney and the Tigers now have nine commitments for their 2021 class and are currently on pace to be in the running for another top 5 recruiting class.
Currently, they are ranked as the #1 overall class. Not bad for a team that it was said was “Cycling Out” not so very long ago.